Adeptus Blog

July 6, 2017
Reuse of Road Planings containing Coal Tar & PAHs GP

Asphalt (tarmac) road surfaces laid down in the 1980s or earlier may contain coal tar. Coal tar was commonly used as a binder in road construction, before being superseded by bitumen. By the 1980s, coal tar was largely confined to a surface dressings, but up to the 1970s the main binding material of the asphalt […]

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January 9, 2016
Environmental Toxicology - the Dose Makes the Poison!

One does not have to look far today to encounter concerns around our increasing exposure to ‘chemicals’. However, every substance is in fact a chemical or a mixture of chemicals, including all our food, drink and our own bodies. What people usually mean is that they want to avoid any ‘synthetic’ chemicals (those that don’t […]

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December 22, 2015
Contaminated Land Funding Cuts - The End of Part 2A?

Earlier in 2015 a long-awaited DEFRA-commissioned report on the state of contaminated land in England, entitled ‘Examination of contaminated land sector activity in England’, was finally published. A similar report was prepared covering Wales. The authors of the report were from the not-for-profit organisation CL:AIRE (Contaminated Land: Applications in Real Environments), Cranfield University, and Bone […]

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December 12, 2015
Fracking - Groundwater contamination may emanate from surface spills

A recent study (Drollette et al) on groundwater contamination in fracking regions of Pennsylvania has detected traces of fracking chemicals in groundwater. However, the authors believe that these chemicals, including the fracking substance bis(2-ethylhexyl)phthalate, aromatic hydrocarbons, and diesel range organic compounds, are from surface spills, rather than upwards seepage from the deep rocks where fracking […]

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November 10, 2015
Study suggests willow trees grown in contaminated soil (phytoremediation) are more resistant to pests

Nature is amazing in its ability to defend and repair itself when harmed. A new study shows willow trees are able to turn on and off components of their DNA when planted in contaminated soil,… Trees can decontaminate land, while protecting themselves from pests Researchers from the University of Montreal have discovered that willow trees […]

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